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Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

WalMart and the Minimum Wage Bill

The election of 2014 is scarcely behind us, but according to the Federal Election Commission WalMart’s political action committee has already doled out more than a hundred thousand dollars to candidates in the next congressional election cycle.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings has introduced H.R. 122, the Original Living Wage Act. If passed, H.R. 122 would […]

Roll Call: Nearly Half of Congressional Democrats Vote Against Progressive Budget

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on The People’s Budget – a package crafted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus that would lower taxes for working Americans, close loopholes exploited by corporations, increase domestic spending, reduce military waste, and increase federal workers’ wages. The deal was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison on behalf of Raul […]

Senate Votes Against Jobs And Social Security

Democrat Mark Warner voted against Ron Wyden’s amendment to prevent the privatization of Social Security. Republicans Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Mark Kirk, John McCain, and Rob Portman supported the measure. […]

Democrats Introduce Bill To Reduce America’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

While Ted Cruz skipped work, these members of Congress introduced a bill to cut spending and reduce the threat created by America’s nuclear weapons arsenal. […]

Ted Cruz for President, the Pros and Cons

On the one hand, Ted Cruz has never been arrested for selling illegal drugs. On the other hand, Ted Cruz wants the federal government to sell off national parks. […]

5 Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

If you’ve been following changes to American surveillance law since 2001, you’ll know that most of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities are propped up by two laws: the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The Patriot Act authorized agents of the United States government to seize information about the activities of law-abiding Americans […]

Why Do Corporations Need Weeks To React Before Workers Hold Union Elections?

Corporations want to delay labor union elections because they seek to interfere in the elections, and intimidate workers from supporting union leaders of their own choice. […]

Senators From Oklahoma Want Their Schools To Aim Lower

If Americans want their schools to perform better, Oklahoma is not a place they can to look to for an example. So, why do Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and James Lankford want Oklahoma to have more local control over education? […]

Tell Us Your Stories Of Suffering From The Speaking Of Non-English Languages

When Inhofe speaks of the ability to communicate to one another, he’s speaking of it in terms of an unequal, top-down imposition of only one kind of speech by the federal government. That’s not the only way we could move forward together as a nation. […]

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]